In a not-so environmentally pleasant transfer, Funko Pop is chucking an estimated $30 to $36 million of unsold inventory right into a landfill. The corporate claims that storing the surplus stock is costing it a fortune, thus it’s keen to put in writing the collectible figurines off and funnel them into the bottom, the place they’ll stay till the tip of time.
“Stock at year-end totalled $246.4 million, a rise of 48% in comparison with a 12 months in the past,” a press launch noticed by Kotaku reveals. “This consists of stock that the corporate intends to remove within the first half of 2023 to cut back fulfilment prices by managing stock ranges to align with the working capability of our distribution centre. That is anticipated to lead to a write down within the first half of 2023 of roughly $30 to $36 million.”
In different phrases, Funko Pop warehouses are completely stuffed to the gills with five-inch plastic collectible figurines of vaguely recognisable cultural icons – and one thing’s obtained to provide. The toys loved a mini increase in the course of the pandemic, however gross sales have since slowed, inflicting the corporate to chop its forecasts and slash its workforce. Unsurprisingly, share costs are manner down.
We’ve nothing towards collectibles per se, however we’d say it’s a robust indictment of humanity’s hubris that we’re finally going to spoil our planet by stuffing hundreds of unsold of chibi Machine Gun Kellys into the bottom.